News – Page 90 – UNITY, Inc.

Happy Birthday, UNITY

Thirty-six years ago today – April 16, 1976 – United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) was incorporated.

Thanks to each of you for your contributions to the growth and success of the organization. Your support has helped make it possible for thousands of Native youth to benefit from their participation in UNITY.

These are challenging times, but UNITY is looking forward to the next thirty-six years and beyond.

In Memorium of Friends of UNITY

The UNITY family has recently lost two of its long time supporters. We fondly remember:

Chairman Richard Milanovich, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians,

Mary Blake, former youth council advisor at Page (AZ) High School and volunteer at many past UNITY Conferences.

UNITY Alumnus Elected Tribal Governor

Greg Mendoza is the new Governor of the Gila River Indian  Community, which is headquartered in Sacaton, AZ. Greg, who is a UNITY alumnus and a current member of the UNITY Council of Trustee, began his new duties as governor after being sworn in on Janurary 1, 2012.

Greg occupied a number of leadership roles within his tribal community prior to his campaign and election. He has also been involved as a youth leader within UNITY and a long time supporter of UNITY and Native youth.

Congratulations, Greg, from your UNITY family.

New Book of Non-Fiction from Native American Author

From award-winning Native American novelist David Treuer comes his first major book of non-fiction, REZ LIFE. Centered on Ojibwe reservation communities of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin—Treuer’s homeland—but reaching out to include reservations across the United States, REZ LIFE is the first book written by insider about what Indian reservations are, why they exist, where they are going, and what they mean for the First Americans, and perhaps even more importantly, what they mean for America in a time when the country is once again searching for its identity.

Visit David Treuer’s website to read the remainder of the overview of his newest work; Rez Life.

UNITY Requests Your Ideas to Help Promote UNITY

UNITY staff and consultants are preparing video messages and fund raising materials to promote the organization and ensure that it will remain strong and continue to serve Native youth and Native America. A few minutes of your time could be of invaluable assistance to this effort. Please print the provided response form, complete it and fax or mail it to the UNITY office. Thank you for you ongoing support of UNITY and its mission.

UNITY’s address and fax number appear as the first story on this website’s front page.

Olympian Billy Mills; Story in Runner’s World

Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota Sioux, won the 10,000 meter race in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics; the only US runner to ever win the gold in that event. He was recently featured in the linked article that appeared in Runner’s World magazine. His story is both inspirational and instructive for those who strive for excellence in the pursuit of their life goals.

Mr. Mills is a long time supporter of UNITY and Native youth. He is currently the spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth.

The linked video shows Mr. Mills in an interview about his mental and physical preparation for the race and its amazing finish, which is considered among the biggest upsets in sports history.

Dr. Benson, UNITY Friend and Supporter, Leaves Leadership Legacy

Dr. Peter Benson, an acclaimed global leader in helping children and youth succeed died October 2 after a yearlong battle with cancer. In one of his last public appearances, the president and CEO of SEARCH Institute challenged the attendees at the recent National UNITY Conference with a message – “Who is your spark?  Whose spark are you?”.

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Golf Tournament A Success

On a beautiful fall day golfers from throughout Oklahoma participated in the Gaming Golf Challenge at the Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa, Oklahoma.  The Shotgun start was at 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 28.  Wining the scramble was Team Bevco, second was Team Rush, third was VGT, and fourth place was Team Gerry Payne.  Other activities included a silent auction, raffles, longest drive, and closest to the pin contest. 

Thanks to our sponsors:  Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, Cherokee Hills Golf Club, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Kiowa Casino, Osage Casino, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Choctaw Casino and Hotel and VGT.

Proceeds benefited UNITY’s youth programs.


Attention: UNITY Alumni

In an effort to develop an association of UNITY alumni, we are requesting that those of you who have been involved with UNITY  at any time since 1976 please send us your email and physical address.

We would like to develop a database of UNITY alumni and to be able to communicate with you on a regular basis. Be assured we will not share your address with others.

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What A Difference A Friend Makes

If you attended the 2011 National UNITY Conference in Minneapolis in July, you probably remember the “What A Difference A Friend Makes” campaign, which was presented by The Maamwi Niigaanziwag (Together They Lead) Grand Tribal Youth Council – Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Mental health problems are health conditions that cause changes in a person’s thinking, mood and behavior. Arm yourself with the facts and then use your knowledge to educate others. Understanding and support are powerful, and they can make a real difference in the life of a person who needs them.

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